2017 was a very good reading year for me. I read over 120 books. I read a lot more genres of books that I have previously. I read out of my comfort zone. I read a good mixture of books I owned, books I borrowed, re-reads, books I’ve owned for years, and new reads. Here’s hoping it continues through 2018 too!
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There are too many books to count that I really wished that I had read in 2017 that I just never did. Given that I ended up reading over 120 books in 2017, it tells you just how many books I wanted to read and didn’t manage. The books on this list are ones that I was quite eager to read towards the end of the year and were books that I overlooked when I started to go off reading in December. Hopefully I’ll get to these, and many others, in 2018:
Nine Tailors | Dorothy L Sayers
This was one of original books, if not the original book, that I received through the Willoughby Book Club Subscription that I treat myself too. I like a mystery book, so I’m surprised I haven’t given it a go. I think I just overlook it because it’s not by an author that instantly springs to mind.
Brief History of Seven Killings | Marlon James
I don’t read as much reputable fiction from the modern age as I should, so when this won the Man Booker Prize, I thought it was my chance to dive in to an award winning novel. It’s sat on my shelf for a while now, if I do Tome Topple this year I might have to read it, as it’s longer than I expect every time I pick it up.
Exile | James Swallow
I have been desperate to read this since I received an ARC from Net Galley. It wouldn’t download correctly and therefore I never got the chance to read it when I got it, so I’ve finally bought a paperback copy so that I can read it. It’s on my TBR for Bout of Books this week, so it might be on my ‘Read’ shelf by the end of the month!
The Bat | Jo Nesbo
My housemate has now read this, and I have the whole set and haven’t picked up the beginning book. I really need to start this series because I love Scandanavian thrillers. I know that once I start this series I will probably fly through them all. There’s enough of them.
The House of Silk | Anthony Horowitz
I love Sherlock Holmes. Like, really love them. I think the Sherlock Holmes books are some of my favourite books. I haven’t really read much by Horowitz, but I was excited when I saw this and thought that I would give it a go, and then promptly forgot about it because it was on a pile that didn’t fit on my shelves. I really am looking forward to reading this at some point soon.
The Various | Steve Augarde
My friend Laura gave me this book along while ago, and every time I look at it I really want to read it but for some reason never pick it up. It sits on my children’s shelf, but because of it’s pale colouring next to the colourful spines of Roald Dahl and Lemony Snicket, I think it gets a little lost.
Rise and Ruin | Leigh Bardugo
I wanted to read Leigh Bardugo’s books (that aren’t the Sox of Crows duology) for almost a year, and finally starting reading The Grisha Trilogy at the end of last year. This is the last in the series, and the only one I didn’t start in 2017.
V for Vendetta | Alan Moore
I really embraced the world of the graphic novel last year, and absolutely loved reading Chew and adored Sin City. I think V for Vendetta is the graphic novel that I have wanted to read more than any other, so I finally treated myself to it last year. It’s sitting pretty waiting for the right moment. I have a feeling this will be something I devour in one go.
Sin City Vol #7 To Hell and Back | Frank Miller
For some reason, I read all of the graphic novels in this series pretty quickly, but then just never read the last volume. Yes, it irritates me immensely that it is a different edition to my other volumes, but is that a good enough reason to just not read it? Apparently in 2017 it was, but not 2018…hopefully…
The Ascent of Gravity | Marcus Chown
This book drew my eye in the middle of 2017 and I decided I had to have it. Not quite sure why it did, but I really wanted, and still want, to read it. It’s got a really nice spine and cover which I definitely think appeals to me, but I love science and space, so I am hoping to be both entertained and educated.
If I am honest, I could have added a whole host of books to this list that aren’t on here. I could have made 10 lists. Have you read any of them? What did you think?
What books were you meant to read in 2017 but never quite got round to?